Happy February! I have to admit that Valentine’s Day is one of my least favorite holidays. There is way too much pressure to have a date or make the day romantic. My husband and I always consider Valentine’s Day as a day that you should eat a great meal and drink a great bottle of wine. You don’t have to have a date, you don’t have to make it fancy, you can eat out or stay in but you find yourself something delicious and you pour yourself something that costs a little more than you usually spend. :)
This year, I’ll be making this mocha panna cotta for our special dessert. We both love coffee and we both love custard style desserts. Plus, this can be thrown together in 15 minutes (but does require at least 6 hours to chill so plan accordingly!) And it goes GREAT with a nice glass of red wine.
If you are used to reading my recipes, you know that I love recipes that can be modified for your particular taste. If you aren’t big on coffee, omit the coffee and double the cocoa powder for chocolate panna cotta. Or omit the coffee and chocolate and add a tablespoon of vanilla paste or vanilla extract for vanilla panna cotta. I topped mine with shaved chocolate but you could top yours with whipped cream and crumbled toffee pieces. Or fresh berries. Or whipped cream with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier whipped in. The possibilities are endless.
I hope you give it a try…
Mocha Panna Cotta Prep time: 15 minutes active - 6 hours inactive 2 servings
Ingredients: ½ cup milk (whole is preferred) 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin 1 ½ cups heavy cream 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ cup sugar pinch of salt **optional toppings: whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings, white chocolate shavings, fresh berries
Pour the milk into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let sit for 5 minutes or so for the gelatin to soften.
Heat the milk and gelatin over medium heat, while constantly stirring, for about 2 minutes to dissolve the gelatin. Do not let the milk boil.
Add the cream, espresso powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt and stir over medium heat for about 2 more minutes to dissolve the sugar. Do not let the mixture boil.
Remove from heat and pour into two glasses. Stemless wine glasses or martini glasses work well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours to overnight. For the first hour, stir every 15 minutes to keep film from forming.
When ready to serve, add toppings suggested above.